The tenth annual Martin-Chris trip is in the books. And the chatty, data nerd-friendly log is posted. Heavy weather, long days and no wildlife. Apart from the two party animals in the canoe.
Someone decided a feature of my beloved Garmin Montana GPS was in fact a bug. And now I’ve got a game-changing disappointment on my hands where before I had a must-have canoe tripping tool.
At a certain point, I thought Martin should really see the trees. This trip is probably the most popular route in all of Temagami. When I first got back into canoe tripping in my 30s it was the first trip I did. I went with a guide and spent a considerably longer time doing it. But when I mapped it out, it seemed eminently do-able in four days. It had been 15 years since I’d been there. Was I right about the distances? Would it still be the same?
The sixth annual fall canoe trip is… sigh… over. But what scenery. What a lot of rain! What great company and what wonderful partners we have to permit such dalliances and non-productive endeavours. Read about it here.
I’m a relatively recent convert to the use of Jeff’s maps of Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks. I used them to map my recent trip through Algonquin Park and was able to produce much more accurate routes and waypoints than my usual method of using the Friends map on paper, while looking at the topographic map on Garmin Basecamp.
I do this every year. Disappearing for four days in early fall. And yet, my partner, the lovely and talented Irene Jansen, puts up with me. I am a lucky man. Year five of the Martin and Chris trips.